House Votes to End Mass Warrantless Surveillance

Washington — In a spirited bipartisan late night defense of the 4th Amendment, Reps Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky and Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California offerred an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would restore provisions of the recently passed USA Freedom Act that prohibit warrantless surveillance of Americans by the NSA.   Rep. Massie explained that,…

USA Freedom Act Needs Improvements

Washington – The USA Freedom Act is now scheduled for floor action this week under a closed rule. This is unfortunate since this bill needs improvement. The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black: “This very important legislation will impact the civil liberties, freedom and security of every…

CCIA Welcomes Action By Judiciary and Intelligence Committees To Curtail Bulk Metadata Collection

Washington – The House Intelligence Committee approved the USA Freedom Act today, which would curtail bulk collection and storage of Americans’ phone metadata by the U.S. government. The bill matches the one the House Judiciary Committee passed yesterday. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has testified on this issue for years, advocating restraint on bulk…

CCIA’s Response to Big Data Review

Washington – The White House released the results of the Big Data review, which the president received today.  The review consisted of two reports, one focused on policy, which was coordinated by John Podesta, Counselor to the President.  The other, which was prepared by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), focused…

President Announces Changes To NSA Surveillance Program

Washington – President Obama announced changes to the way the government collects and stores bulk metadata on citizens and foreigners’ electronic communications during a speech at the Department of Justice today. The Computer & Communications Industry Association is encouraged that the president acknowledged the potential for abuse of this private information, but wished the reforms…